l i fe & st yle Spring 2021
Make a calm, reflective home Add forever pieces Discover the beauty of wood
Enjoy special moments Style a gorgeous spring display Refresh rooms with love
Table & kitchenware Soft furnishings Decorative accessories Bathroom buys
Welcome I love spring, but this year those feelings of renewed hope and fresh beginnings I normally experience seem… well, even more special. All around, there are signs of the new season bursting into our lives – from tree blossom to warmer days, Easter traditions to outdoor living. In this issue of Life & Style, we’ve captured the very essence of spring through inspirational imagery and gorgeous accessories – all with that Scandi touch we love. Our spring edit will make you smile every time you catch a glimpse or use something from it. I know you’ll appreciate the materials, care and skill that goes into each item, with many of us looking for ways to live a slower, simpler and more seasonal life. We’ve also found some great stories of provenance – home and away – to share. I hope you too find inspiration from the past and hope for the future, Sandie x
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Welcome in the new season, full of hope and promise
GOING WITH THE GRAIN
C A RV E D I N H I S T O RY
Work wood into your Scandi scheme with our curation
Read the tale of our very special Dala horses
15 F O R G O T T E N PLEASURES
T U R N I N G TA B L E S
S P R I N G L AY E R I N G
Savour those moments that quite simply bring joy
Style your spring tablescape with artisan pieces
Build up soft layers of colour and texture
B AT H RO O M REFRESH
WA L L S TO R I E S
Discover our trend that combines subtle shades and soft textures
Create a natural spa-inspired space
Revisit the past with wallpapers and paints steeped in Nordic history
T H E H E A RT O F NORDIC HOUSE
SELF CARE N AT U R A L REMEDIES
Find out why Truro is such an important part of our brand
Make your own essentials and a few little luxuries
Kit out your kitchen with pieces that give you everyday happiness
S I M P L E D I S P L AY
N AT U R A L L I V I N G
Add to your vase collection – from statement to elegant
Appreciate the beauty of wooden house architecture
Try some of our seasonal ideas for life at home
L I F E & S T Y L E Founder Sandie Wallman Editor Jennifer Morgan Design Considered Creative Co. Product images: Copyright ©2020 Nordic House Ltd. Unsplash: Cover Brendan Church, page 4 Priscilla du Preez, page 11 The Creative Exchange, Cansu Ece Kahraman, Ryk Naves B, Toa Heftiba, Rirri, page 18 Kyle Peyton, page 24 Bantersnaps, page 26 S N Pattenden, page 96 Markus Spiske iStock: pages 26, 29, 58
EMBRACE THE FRESHNESS AND HOPE OF THE NEW SEASON The first signs of spring are welcomed with open arms across Nordic countries after the cold, dark winter. It’s the time of year when Scandinavians enjoy a more relaxed, simple way of life that spills effortlessly outside.
“Spring will come and so will happiness. Hold on. Life will get warmer” - ANTIA KRIZZAN, WRITER
here’s a Swedish saying, “Nu är det vår”, which means “spring is here”, and is said optimistically around the end of March. While spring officially spans March through to the end of May, it’s not uncommon for Scandinavians to enjoy one final week of winter skiing over Easter. But towards the later part of April and into May, nature can literally be seen exploding all around. Trees and flowers are waking up, the melting snow in the mountains swells the rivers and lakes, and blossom makes for a pretty picture moment.
plans. Scandinavians tend not to want to waste a moment inside if they could be outside, enjoying the spring sunshine – the layering of clothing is a must, as is being prepared for April showers, which could still include snow or hail. Of course, food is designed to be shared, with a smörgåsbord a must, full of seasonal flavours and favourites. Scandinavians also make the most of those long weekends. Easter is often the time when many head to their summer cottages. Chocolate eggs are given on Easter morning – Pask in Sweden, Påske in Denmark and Norway – and Easter hags (children dressed up) knocking on your door, are a common sight. Branches are also decorated with eggs and feathers.
Spring in Scandinavia sees insideoutside redefined, as furniture moves to terraces and decks, balconies get dressed with pots of spring bulbs and everyone gets busy with garden
Urban Zinc Tray | £20
S P R I N G R E A DY SET UP HOME
Hang birdhouses – it’s a lovely activity to do with children, who can watch for any birds on the move. GROW INDOORS
Become your own indoor landscape architect and create a miniature ecosystem with a terrarium. HANG EASTER EGGS
Boost your Easter decorations, adding a few special ones to your collection each year. Hang from a willow branch housed in a large vase.
Rustic Wooden Birdhouse | £37 Urban Terrarium | £159 Egg Candles, set of six | £8.95
15 Forgotten PL E A SUR ES As we move into spring, take the time to savour the moments that simply bring joy – from finding a quiet corner to sit and reflect to appreciating the beauty of nature all around. It’s the season of hope and new beginnings. Rattan Hanging Chair | £375
TREASURED FINDS Adding longlasting natural elements to your home will give you a sense of joy
Find your spot
Style little moments
Hang out by yourself, curled up on your favourite chair. Try a hanging one on your terrace with a few layers to snuggle under, or move an armchair or bench to a new home where you can see outside.
After months of being at home, freshen up corners or shelves with a few decorative pieces that you just love –the “just because” finds. Spend an afternoon creating small pockets of Scandi style.
Open the windows
Take the plunge
Fill your home with spring freshness, throwing open the windows and giving each room a good air. Imagine you have just arrived at your Scandinavian cottage for Easter and it needs to be woken up.
If winter swimming wasn’t quite you (although there are 20,000 registered members across Denmark), why not venture out now the water is beginning to warm up? Visit swimming.org for more.
Tall Pheasant Feathers, set of five | £26 Organic Teak Egg Board, set of four | £36
Get an eggy start
Kick-start your day with an egg cooked just the way you like them, transporting you back to those childhood days – toasty soldiers a must!
Bring in blooms Add bursts of spring around your home, displaying seasonal flowers in vases, votives, bottles and even tumblers. Try to shop local and support a friendly florist, buying British-grown where you can.
LOOK AFTER YOUR PLANTS Give yourself a little break (especially if working from home) and water plants
Care for your plants
Organise your photos
As our homes become increasingly green spaces, spend an hour giving your leafy friends a little TLC. Repot, trim and give a feed and water. Try swapping to a new pot or planter for an easy update.
When was the last time you sat and browsed the hundreds of snaps on your phone? Print some out and compile a photo album – there’s something so special about holding those memories.
Listen to nature
Spring into cleaning
There are signs of spring all around, with birdsong a welcoming sound. The first songsters of the season are robins and great tits, with the early risers being skylarks, song thrushes and blackbirds.
‘Tis the season to really give your home a good clean. Keep it manageable though – it can be so satisfying to focus on a single room each weekend (or even a cupboard or chest of drawers).
Woven Basket Bag, set of two | £56 White Enamel Watering Can | £16.50
SCANDI START Begin your day by lighting a candle as you make plans or meditate
Share favourite stories
Sort your linen cupboard
Revisit your bookshelf and spend an afternoon piling up any classics or much-loved tales that you want to re-read. You could add a little note or review to each for generations to come.
It’s often the “don’t-open-unless-youhave-to” cupboard, but imagine the joy you’d have if your linens were all neatly folded, stacked and smelling fresh and it was a pleasure to find clean linen?
Set seasonal goals
Make candles a ritual
Candles tend to be seen as a cosy, hygge moment, but they can lift our mood in spring too. Swap heavier scents, such as pine, for lighter, fresher ones – like lime, eucalyptus or mint.
If your New Year’s resolutions seem a long time ago, why not use the shift of season to set some new plans that fill you with hope? It could be places you want to see one day, projects to do around the home…
Dillie Stoneware Match Striker | £18 Beeswax Birthday Candles, set of 20 | £16
Perfect that bake
Spend an afternoon mastering that one birthday cake recipe. It could be a simple sponge… it’s about being made with love.
R EFLECTI VE CALM Mix textures with soft shades for a soothing look that will see you through into summer and beyond. You’ll fall for our trend’s simplicity.
Curved Rattan Bench | £399
“Find a moment to pause and welcome in the new season and the hope that it brings”
“Style spring moments wherever you can, bringing in beauty all around your home”
PERFECT PAIRING So simple, yet so effective, rattan and glass are key to our trend
Large Seagrass Tote Bag | £52 Hanging Rattan Vases, set of two | £19.50 Hanging Tealight Holders, set of two | £16.50
NATURAL TOUCH Look for rattan or seagrass pieces for your table, adding a hit of texture
Desert Rose Velvet Cushion | £32 Jute Placemats, set of two | £16 Elegant Seagrass Sleeve Glass | £9.95
“Create a corner outdoors, where you can sit and enjoy a refreshing drink”
“Think of delicate blossom against cloudscattered skies and the first shoots of green”
3 of the best
Trend story Faded Rose Linen Cushion | £30
Signe Candle Lantern | £59.95
Olive Green Velvet Cushion | £32
As we head into spring, find inspiration in the change of season and the colours it brings. Look for beautiful blossom, the return of favourite foliage to trees and the simplicity of natural materials. Our Reflective Calm trend encourages us to pause and look around, creating pockets of calm and sanctuary in our lives, as we head towards a “new normal”.
Rattan Wrap Tealight Holder, set of two | £13
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F E AT U R E
N The OR D I C heart of HOUSE As a family-owned company based in idyllic Truro, there is plenty of inspiration to hand for Nordic House founder Sandie and her team. But the brand is also very much a part of this Cornish community, with a bricks-and-mortar warehouse and office that’s home to shared moments of laughter and joy.
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CLOCKWISE, FROM ABOVE: The creek just outside Truro; local nature; Truro Cathedral; local daffodils; sunrise from the offices of Nordic House
ou could say that in many ways, the Cornish way of life mirrors Scandinavian living,” says Sandie, founder of Nordic House. ‘Both are constantly changing with the seasons and share a love of nature. At Nordic House, we’ve been pioneering Scandi-inspired living and a sense of Lagom (not too much or too little, just right) since 2009. We love beautiful interiors, sourcing and collaborating with artisans and talented makers in Scandinavia, the UK and Europe. But our brand is so much more; it’s about storytelling, gathering friends and family together, sharing those wonderful moments at home.
“A few years ago, we took a conscious decision to move offices – we wanted our rent to contribute to a good cause within the community. We now share our office building with iSight Cornwall, a brilliant charity that helps people with sight loss rebuild their lives. All of our rent goes to them,” says Sandie. “We are in the most amazing spot, overlooking the river. It made me realise just how much I need to see the horizon,’ admits Sandie. “And of course, we’ve such beauty and history on our doorstep, with Truro Cathedral, Lemon Street, with its beautiful Bath stone houses, the Tregothnan Tea Plantation (it’s the only one in the UK), bi-weekly Farmers’ Markets on the quay selling wonderful local produce, Trelissick Gardens and – at this time of year – fields of daffodils.” Nordic House is a very close-knit brand. “We have our own in-house customer care staff and an amazing warehouse team, who carefully pack each item with love,” says Sandie. “We provide ethical local employment in our beautiful county of Cornwall. And that’s very special.”
“Truro is the heart of Nordic House. It simply fills my soul being here, for which I am hugely grateful” – SANDIE WALLMAN
SI MPL E
DI SPL AY Build up your collection of vases – from statement pieces just as effective without flowers to smaller ones ideal for impromptu styling moments. Glass, whether hand-blown or recycled, remains a Scandi favourite, but watch out for ceramic and stoneware vases too; they’re creating some striking shapes this spring. Mini Shoulder Vases, set of three | £18
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very Nordic home needs a collection of vases, not only ready to fill with blooms but to create visual “moments” that make you smile around your home. Keep it understated with designs in handblown or recycled glass with a few informal wild flowers, or pop sprigs of olive twigs or foraged dried grasses into shapely ceramic or stoneware vessels to make a bolder statement.
STONEWARE STYLE Go for height and textural interest with our part-glazed, part-natural ceramic vase
Of course, the charm of our favourite vases is that they look just as beautiful when left empty, thanks to the shape, material and presence each gives to a room. Try clustering a set of small vases together on a simple tray, or pair two of the same style but in different sizes together on a shelf or mantelpiece. Whichever design catches your eye this spring, make sure it can be seen and loved, rather than tucked away waiting for blooms.
White Graceful Ceramic Vases | from £17 Speckle Glaze Cylinder Vase | £34.50
Rustic Urn Vase | £40 Organic Recycled Bottle Vases | from £33
Arctic Glass Vase | £16 Mini Hanging Bottle Vases, set of six | £15
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C A R E F O R YO U R COLLECTION GLASS
GLASS ACT Perfect for everyday or special occasions alike, our balloon vases are a timeless addition
Use denture tablets to make a glass vase sparkle again. Fill the vase with warm water, pop in 1-2 tablets and leave until the fizzing stops. Empty and loosen any grime with a sponge or bottle brush. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth. CERAMIC
Place a teatowel in the bottom of your sink to protect it, then gently wash in warm water with a squeeze of washing-up liquid. Use a bottle brush to remove any grime from inside. Stand to dry on a teatowel. TEXTURED
Thor Ceramic Vase | £55 Glass Balloon Vase | £29.95
Dry clean using a soft cloth on a weekly basis, preventing dust building up. You can vacuum the piece (or use your hairdryer on a low setting) to remove dust from any decorative detailing.
Going with the grain Natural materials, especially wood, are such a huge part of Scandinavian design adding warmth, texture and simplicity as well as a sense of heritage and belonging. Wooden furniture and accessories mellow into their surroundings, becoming an integral part of a home’s story. Essi Oak Bench | £749
Leini Serving Board | £17
KITCHEN CRAFT Choose wooden pieces that you’ll appreciate every day
Myla Wooden Plate | £30
“Cleverly designed, pop this beautiful lamp wherever you want a quiet reading corner”
AT H O M E
Introduce a few wooden pieces to a Scandi scheme and you’ll get a sense of calm and visual interest from those simple – almost effortless – shapes. But the beauty of wood goes deeper. We need to go back to its roots, the tree itself, to truly appreciate the real charm of that piece of furniture or accessory. Think of how each tree is different – its grain, colouring and characteristics – this serves to remind us of the humble natural origins of those favourite wooden finds around our homes. Wood needs to be loved, touched and appreciated. Our wooden table lamps look simply stunning teamed with natural linen shades, while our new Skara mirror is a great way of playing with shape, breaking up straight lines and geometric elements in a truly relaxed way. In the kitchen, our new wooden plates and chopping boards will soon become everyday favourites.
Aurelia Table Lamp | £129 Skara Grooved Wooden Mirror | £195 Teadrop Table Lamp | £195
Turning tables Give your at-home dining experience a new twist for spring with subtle colour, texture and artisan pieces that will bring you joy – whether that’s a weekday breakfast or family celebration Blossom Pink Mug | £9 Blossom Pink Pasta Bowl | £12 Blossom Pink Dinner Plate | £13
Add pretty blush to your breakfast table
Give your tableware a lift for spring with pieces that are designed to be used and appreciated every day but also look the part for family occasions. Our new Blossom Pink ceramic tableware (choose from bowls, plates and mugs) works really well mixed with existing white pieces, and, of course, pairs effortlessly with natural wood and rattan. Sometimes it’s the smallest thing that gives us the biggest pleasure – like having a pair of beautiful coupes ready for fizz, or the perfect pitcher and glasses for a refreshing spritzer to be enjoyed outside with a friend. Even the shape, weight and feel of some new cutlery in your hand can bring a smile. Bring out your linens too, dressing your table with a runner or tablecloth and using napkins with every meal. We love our new ceramic napkin rings, simple enough for every day, but easy to dress for a special dinner – just tuck in a sprig or two of fresh garden herbs.
STYLISH SETTING Our Pink Blossom plates look great with other pieces from the range, but they also mix effortlessly with our other tableware
Blossom Pink Cereal Bowl | £10 Blossom Pink Plates | from £11
Sanne Ceramic Napkin Rings, set of two | £14 Vita Champagne Coupes, set of two | £20 Rose Tinted White Wine Glasses, set of two | £17 Inheritance Cutlery | from £8 Rose Tinted Pitcher | £22 Rose Tinted Tumblers, set of two | £13
“Serve a refreshing cooler drink in our rose tinted glassware”
Bathroom refresh Introduce a few simple pieces to your bathroom creating a natural spa vibe. Look for recycled glass, old-school enamel soap dishes and refillable dispensers. These might seem like small changes, but they will help shape future shopping habits as you look for natural soaps and beauty products to swap into your daily routine.
Apothecary Bathroom Set| £36
Fringed Cotton Hammam Towel | £32 Enamel Wash Bowl | £16 Altum Body Lotion in Meadow | £20
SENSE OF WELLBEING Restore and renew with our Altum range, which taps into natural ingredients and ancient wisdom
SIMPLE STYLE Kit your bathroom out with practical enamel pieces
AT H O M E
“We are delighted to have found the gorgeous Danish Altum skincare brand that brings a truly authentic sense of wellbeing and nourishment”
Book yourself into your own spa where you can be at one with nature. While an outdoor shower is a common find in Nordic countries – often next to the sauna at the summer cottage – we might not get the weather or have the space in the UK. Panic not, there are still a few easy ways to create a natural-look bathroom. Find inspiration in nature’s palette, with fresh leafy-green, warm wood and bamboo tones and unbleached linens. Mixed with crisp white, the look is tranquil and soothing. Try to remove as much packaging as you can from your beauty routine, choosing soap dishes and glass dispensers that can be refilled with less – if any – waste. Don’t forget to add plants, giving that all-important connection to the natural world.
Enamel Tumbler | £6.50 Enamel Soap Dish | £16.50
NAT U R A L R E M E DI E S CICO BOOKS
Did you know that in your own store cupboard you already have many of the ingredients needed to heal and prevent common ailments? Boost your own self care with these easy remedies When our grandmothers and elders tended cuts, bruises, colds, fevers and other illnesses, they didn’t rely on pharmacies. Instead, they used simple wisdom, common sense and ingredients from well-stocked pantries that grew in their kitchen gardens, or from wild weeds gathered in the fields and woods surrounding their homes.
chemicals on your bathroom shelf; your spice cupboard is your closest pharmacy. Your home-brew honey vinegar is a powerful tonic your family will love. Not only will you save money with homemade remedies but you will begin to learn what works for you as you bring much comfort to yourself and your loved ones. As well as healing maladies, we can also care for our appearance in an all-natural way. Self-care involves, in great part, living in harmony with the seasons and the natural world. Try these solutions from Natural Cures & Remedies (CICO Books, £9.99), out now…
While we live in a modern world of cutting-edge medicine, there is still much you can do using the natural remedies right from your pantry and kitchen garden, just like those who came before us. The roses blooming by your front gate contain more vitamins than the expensive bottle of 58
“Make your own pots of – they make great gifts, if you can bear to part with them”
Raspberry lip balm
Grind the freeze-dried raspberries in a coffee grinder or small food processor until very fine.
Once you have all the right ingredients it’s very easy to make your own lip balm – and once you start, you’ll never go back to the store-bought variety. Beeswax is the key ingredient; it’s completely natural, it makes the lip balm stay hard, plus it’s an excellent lip protector and moisturiser. There are also some extra moisturising ingredients, in the form of vitamin E oil and jojoba oil, to take good care of your lovely lips. The raspberries give your lips a slight hint of pink the natural way.
Gently heat the jojoba oil and beeswax together in small heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (or microwave on lowest setting for a few seconds). When melted, remove from the heat and add the vitamin E oil, raspberry powder and, if you wish, a drop of rose or lavender essential oil. Pour the mixture into a 45ml jar with a lid and leave to set. It keeps for up to a month. The raspberry powder can feel a bit grainy on the lips, but rub your lips together and use it like an exfoliant, leaving your lips feeling super-soft.
MAKES 45ML JAR 1½ tbsps freeze-dried raspberries 2 tbsps pure jojoba oil 1½ tsps natural beeswax pellets 10 drops pure vitamin E oil 1 drop rose or lavender essential oil
IN THE KNOW
It is easier to buy beeswax in pellet form, as the blocks are difficult to cut for small quantities
Sensual soak Sandalwood, amber, and vetiver are all rich, earthy scents that combine well together. 5 drops sandalwood essential oil 5 drops amber essential oil 2 drops vetiver essential oil 90g Epsom salts 70g baking soda
Combine the essential oils with the Epsom salts and stir in the baking soda. Mix well to create a richly scented paste. You can use a couple of different ways: either slather it onto yourself and shower off with a loofah and thick washcloth or roll it into a ball after you mix it and place under the tap as you are running a hot bath. The entire room will smell like paradise. Soak it all in, lie back, and enjoy this fully.
Echinacea root tea Most herb stores or organic grocers will have dried echinacea root for fighting colds and negating respiratory infections. It is an amazing immune booster. Just mince a teaspoonful and steep in 240 ml of boiling water. Sweeten to taste and drink at least a couple of cups a day.
If you want to keep this for the future or give as a thoughtful gift, you can store in a lidded container or roll into bath bombs and let them dry on wax paper or paper towels. This recipe makes three palm-size bath bombs.
READ THE BOOK Natural Cures & Remedies: Kitchen cupboard recipes and solutions for your health and home (CICO Books, £9.99).
Try a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda dissolved in 225ml of warm water with 60 ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Drink at room temperature.
Natural living There’s something so calming and beautiful about homes and interiors built from wood. A new book explores how modern architects are reimagining one of our most ancient materials for the future
e have been using wood to construct our homes and shelters for millennia; from neolithic longhouses to contemporary skyscrapers, this ancient malleable material has proven itself suitable to the landscapes of both the past and present. Today, as the climate crisis worsens and the global population rises, could one of the oldest building materials on earth hold the key to designing a better future? A new book, Out of the Woods (gestalten, 2020), sets out to discover more. “Before arriving in the skilful hands of a craftsman, each plank of wood begins as part of a tree – itself already a magnificent work of architecture,” says Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen of Norm Architects. “When modelled by architects and craftspeople to support human life, wooden architecture can be
LEFT A cluster of sloping roofs positioned at different angles defines the appearance of this Copenhagen home
ABOVE The exterior of wooden houses in Vorarlberg, Austria, are often left untreated, designed to develop patina over time. Even the interior of this house has been left untreated LEFT The island of Chonchi off the coast of Chile, is well-known for exuberant myths and legends and a refined artisan carpentry knowledge
Words adapted from Out of the Woods (gestalten 2020) Photography Jonas Adolfsen; Adolf Bereuter, Tia Borgsmidt, Pezo von Ellrichshausen, Out of the Woods (gestalten 2020)
“Designed in symbiosis with the landscape, vernacular structures, like Swiss chalets and Norwegian mountain huts, are being reimagined” considered as a second life for the tree, preserving its value for the future. If a tree has grown for 200 years, the material it provides us with should be used in a respectful, aesthetically durable and sustainable manner.
us generation after generation. The traces of life in wood are a humble reminder of our own impermanence. Its inherent sense of harmony is something to celebrate and be guided by in architecture and design.”
“Wood is patient and adaptable,” continues Jonas. “It speaks of time and of transience. Wood possesses narratives of what has endured long before us and it stimulates our senses in a most natural way. Wood has a timeless beauty, with natural fibres that have genuine character, are flexible and are adaptable to varied usages and environments.”
Wood connects us to the natural world from which we are so often removed. It is a quality our forebears understood inherently as generations of people created climate-responsive homes from local materials. Out of the Woods explores a myriad of ways in which we live and work with wood.
READ THE BOOK
Jonas believes that working with wood enriches our surroundings and enhances the quality of life in a simple way. “Wooden architecture creates understated expressions of timeless beauty that will appeal to
Discover more inspiring wooden spaces in Out of the Woods: Architecture and interiors built from wood (gestalten, 2020)
H ISTORY Who can resist the charm of a traditional Dala horse? We think our simple white ones, handcrafted in Sweden, will be treasured for years to come.
Dala Horses | from £34
umans have always loved the horse; our early ancestors carved pictures of their faithful friends on the walls and ceilings of caves. Fast forward to the 18th century and forest workers in the villages around Mora, Sweden would spend their winter evenings sat around the fireplace carving figures from odd pieces of wood. The popular choice was a horse, which was a creature of great value for families at that time. These horses were taken back home where they became treasured toys.
1928, contributing to a cultural heritage that remains the symbol of Sweden.
In the 1830s, the carved horses got their bright colours and patterns – the kurbits. Two brothers – Nils and James Olsson – opened the first Dala horse factory in
There are three sizes of Dala horse: small (H15cm); medium (H17cm), and large (H20cm). “I love our Dala horses; to me they are future heirlooms,” says Sandie.
At Nordic House today, you’ll find this tradition very much alive, as founder Sandie explains; “Our white Dala horses are unique to Nordic House in the UK. Each one is carefully handcrafted from Swedish pine; from the carving to the painting by traditional craftsmen and women, using sustainable wood. We’ve kept to white-painted Dala, loving the simplicity they bring to any room.”
Dala Horses | small, £34; medium, £42
“Each one is carefully hand-crafted from Swedish pine, using sustainable wood from the Swedish forests”
Style your home for spring with soft shades and new textures. Layers work all-year-round – not just the cooler months – as our new finds show Desert Rose Linen Cushion | £30 Fringed Jute Rug | £69
We think of layering as a way of adding warmth to our homes for autumn and winter, when we want to boost their hygge factor, but it’s a great way of giving our homes a lift during the warmer months too. Think of how you pop a cotton cardigan in an accent colour over your shoulders on a spring day, or how you lift a plain white T-shirt with a linen scarf and follow the same principle for your interior look. Start by bringing in a few softer shades – Rose and Olive Green are key ones from our Reflective Calm trend that work so well with a Scandi scheme – and we’ve sourced cushions in linen and velvet that pair so easily. Just as you swap heavier fabrics in your wardrobe for cottons and linens, do the same for your spring-summer home. Our new jute rugs, circular in shape, will brighten dark floors, while a cotton throw will drape so invitingly over a bed or sofa.
SOFT STRIPES Dress your room with a washed cotton throw, adding a softer touch
Supersoft Washed Cotton Throw | £88 Olive Green Linen Cushion | £30
Swap chunkier cushion designs for linen, in soft, comforting shades
F E AT U R E
“Our cotton mix rugs are a great way of lightening up a darker floor for spring”
Faded Rose Velvet Cushion | £32 Round Jute Rugs | from £99
Wall stories Discover our favourite wallpaper and paint collections with Nordic connections – all with a wonderful tale to tell
Boråstapeter As the best-known and best-selling wallcovering brand in Sweden, there’s a great tradition behind the name too. Established in 1905 in Böras, its founder Waldemar Andrén’s vision was for “every Swede to be able to afford to create a more beautiful home using wallpapers.” Over 100 years later and the brand’s ethos is very much the same.
“To find the right patterns and rejuvenate them for use on wallpaper feels wonderfully exciting and rewarding”
For its latest collection, Scandinavian Designers III, the brand went back through its archives, looking at older textiles and chatting to the heirs of mid-century design legends – Stig Lindberg, Arne Jacobsen, Viola Grøasten, Gocken and Lisbeth Jobs and Alvar Aalto – to choose innovative patterns that are quintessentially of their era yet with a timeless quality, very like their legacies. This third instalment of Börastapeter’s Scandinavian Designers collection is playful, classic and full of colour. borastapeter.com
LEFT Arne Jacobsen Ranke wallpaper; swatch: Stig Lindberg Prunus wallpaper RIGHT Viola Gråsten Hassel wallpaper; swatches: Stig Lindberg Grazia wallpaper; Gocken Jobs Sommar wallpaper
“Colour can take you on an emotional journey and each designer brings a fresh eye”
Bauwerk Colour Launched in 2000 in South Fremantle, Australia, Bauwerk Colour’s vision is to produce amazing modern lime paint in harmony with nature. The brand sources the finest pigments to develop a stunning range of colours that work equally beautifully in modern as well as old homes, connecting the buildings with the materials from which they are made.
Bauwerk has recently teamed up with Hans Blomquist to launch the Northern Light collection. These nine new colours are inspired by Hans’ childhood in Sweden and his travels around the world working as an art director and stylist. “Hans brings an amazing eye for detail and a love of colour and texture,” says the brand. bauwerkcolour.co.uk
LEFT River lime paint ABOVE LEFT Tumble lime paint ABOVE Drift lime paint; swatches: North lime paint; River lime paint
Sandberg Established in 1976 and based in the Swedish town of Borås, Sandberg is loved world-wide for its “Swedish wallpaper art”, as the brand proudly describes. Every design is first sketched by hand, giving each wallpaper its own story. Many of its beautiful collections are inspired by the landscape and nature that surrounds the factory.
“The collection is our interpretation of a time when details and interior design equalled personal authenticity”
For Sandberg’s latest collection, the design team headed to the archives at the wonderful Löfstad Castle, in the province of Östergötland in Sweden. There they found a centuries-old archive containing thousands of deeply rooted stories bound to patterns, colours and structures. Löfstad’s last owner, before the castle passed to Östergötlands museum in 1940, was Emilie Piper (1857-1926), who is said to have wished: “when available, flowers shall be brought into the castle”. sandbergwallpaper.com
LEFT Hedvig Garden Green wallpaper; Charlotta Spring wallpaper RIGHT Ragniv Spring Green wallpaper; Ragnvi Indigo Blue wallpaper; Emilie Spring Green wallpaper
F E AT U R E
Beautiful utility There is something so pleasing about having simple pieces of kitchen kit that you enjoy using every day as our new kitchenware pieces show. They are made to be used… and loved Stoneware Utensil Holder | £25 Stoneware Salt Pig | £19
The importance of good design for the small necessities in our lives is often overlooked. But we believe that beauty and utility go hand in hand, as our new Stoneware range for spring shows. Made from premium stoneware, the tactile finish consists of a speckled glaze that creates unique subtle differences between every piece. It’s easy to clean, and in true keeping with its practicality, is dishwasher safe. But these pieces are so lovely, we know you’ll want to stack open shelves and kitchen worktops with them – and why not? Each piece has been designed for daily use, so you’ll want easy access. And when it looks this good, a cupboard is the last place you should find it. STYLISH SQUEEZE Our new Stoneware range is so pleasing to own and use
We’ve also found some great glass bottles that are perfect for decanting juices and sauces or even filling with your own recipes. After all, we believe it’s about those little touches that bring you everyday smiles.
Stoneware Juice Squeezer | £11 Stoneware Baking Dishes | from £20
“Dish up family favourites in our Stoneware dishes, just made for those moments of togetherness”
Turn something you reach for every day into a piece that’s worthy of kitchen-counter space
Stoneware Paper Towel Holder | £32 Stoneware Colander| £32
Large Stoneware Pitcher | £40 Metal Utility Basket | £25
“Pile up essentials in our metal basket – perfect to go from worksurface to table”
Make breakfasts special with a simple juice and milk bar
Olied Acacia Boards | from £25 Retro Glass Bottles, set of three | £18.50
NO T E S
It’s the season of new life, bringing hope and gratitude, which can be found even in the smallest of things LET IN THE LIGHT
MAKE A PROMISE TO YOU
Throw open your curtains, lift up your blinds and flood your home with spring sunshine.
Try to carry on your new-found daily exercise, read more or catch up with friends – hopefully face-to-face.
REVITALISE A ROOM
EXPLORE AT EASTER
Try our new Reflective Calm colour palette with its soft pink and olive green – just the thing for a restyle.
Get outside and look for decorated Easter homes with wreaths, trees and hanging eggs appearing at windows.
BRING SPRING IN
LOVE WHAT YOU USE
Pop a blossom branch from your garden in a jug, enjoy locally grown daffodils in a vase or watch a pot of bulbs burst into life on your windowsill.
Add a few “joy” givers to your kitchen – pieces that are so simple, perhaps with an artisan feel that you love using (and even looking at).
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l i fe & st yle Summer 2021
Life & Style Summer
Scandi outdoor room and garden ideas Discover your home’s staycation style
And relax… summer has arrived. What better way to celebrate than with our next issue of Life & Style? We’ll show you how to make the most of your home, bringing in simple Nordic touches with our unique mix of homes, people and beautifully curated products.
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